Flores, this year appears to want no foreign tourist market, to the world class. Tour de Flores (TDF) will be held on 19-23 May 2016. 21 teams compete in it consists of 16 international teams, coming from 24 countries and 5 teams in the country (4 national teams and one regional team) a total prize of Rp. 8 billion. Up to now have confirmed attendance, among others from Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, France, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia. Among the participants, there is also a participant in the Tour de Ijen which will take place 4-7 May 2016. The data were announced on 28/01/2016.
On that day the Tourism Minister Arief Yahya peluncuraan inaugurate the event in Jakarta. Menpar explained, the sports tourism such as TDF is its direct impact is not great, but its value is very big media.
“So this event is the promotion of destinations that destination through which this event has brand value, so this event is of great significance for promoting tourism in the province, which is part of the 10 priority tourism destinations are being developed by the government” said Arief Yahya.
Best Event for Flores with all its potential is a bicycle, said the Minister. And the Ministry of Tourism will support through mobilizing campaign with ad spots at home and abroad owned Kemenpar.
Vice Governor of NTT Benny Alexander Litelnoni revealed that the provincial target of 100 thousand foreign tourists wanting to visit this year, and set a target to 500 thousand in 2020, with a count of the total foreign exchange generated in that year was about US $ 1 billion or equivalent to Rp. 14 trillion. Wisnus targeted to 250 thousand in 2016 and a projected 1.6 million trips in 2020, the year the turnover of domestic tourists is expected to reach Rp. 6.4 trillion. The target is in line with the adoption of NTT as New Tourism Teritory, placing itself as the provincial tourism.
Meanwhile according to the initiator of the event Primus Dorimulu, infrastructure conditions in Flores would be “ready” in April. There are 220 hotels, and, if it is insufficient accommodation, put up houses which will be used as a guest house to accommodate the guests. Primus convincing although this is the first time, but the stage is passed will be more challenging and interesting of the Tour de Singkarak (TDS) which has become the order of 5 to the world.
Tracks that will be passed along 661 km will be divided into 5 stages (Larantuka-Maumere, Maumere-Ende, Ende-Bajawa, Bajawa-Ruteng, and Ruteng-Labuan Bajo) crosses the beauty of a leading tourist attraction in the province, a combined atmosphere of the beach in the north, and mountains in the south with temperatures varying from 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius.